Based on decades of international work, we know that there will be no global peace or security until we secure every woman's right to a just and healthy life.
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Instead of showcasing the creativity, diversity and openness of American society, we have been arrogantly lecturing the rest of humanity about freedom and democracy.
Travel activates parts of ourselves that might otherwise remain dormant; it also relieves fears, and promotes understanding.
So this is what it's like to feel proud to be an American again. And at the very same time, we are supremely filled with shame as Californians.
This election was an international one, and we Americans have sent a strong message to the entire planet that we not only want change, but that we can and have taken back our country.
When it comes down to it, Obama's success in foreign policy won't be measured by his experience, but by the world's perception of his ideals and integrity.
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